R&B crooner Ne-Yo is known for his catchy hits, dashing good looks and songwriting skills. But the popular singer said he’s more than a passing pop music fad in a recent interview with ESSENCE.com.

The 30-year-old Nevada native is preparing for the release of his fourth album, Libra Scale, which is based on a sci-fi story he wrote.

“The story of Libra Scale follows an average joe garbage man named Jerome and his two buddies, Clyde and Leroy. The three guys, when not busting their butts working their crummy 9 to 9, regularly sit around and talk about what each of them would do if they had money, power and fame,” Ne-Yo told ESSENCE.com.

“Opportunity knocks one night when a being from the stars named Numinous comes to the guys with the promise of the money, power and fame they’ve always wanted, under one condition; they have to agree to become superheroes and protect the city from an unknown evil that’s on its way to the planet with the potential to destroy it.

“Time passes and the guys are getting everything they always dreamed of, when Jerome gets something he didn’t bargain for — an instant infatuation with a young woman…Ultimately, Jerome is forced to choose. Weighed on a Libra’s scale, is it love, or money, power and fame

The singer went on to call the album, which will be released in September, “seasoning salt” for a “bland” music industry.

When he’s not creating music, Ne-Yo prefers to stay out of the public eye and admits he has difficulty finding balance between the humdrum of the celebrity world and personal time.

In an interview with EBONY, the singer-songwriter announced he and girlfriend Monyetta Shaw were expecting a child and the father-to-be said he’s in a “really good place right now.”

As he prepares for the release of Libra Scale, Ne-Yo said he wants fans to focus on one particular aspect of his life.

“I want people to look at me for what I give them to look at: my art, my music, my creativity. My personal life is not for display. I don’t ask you about who you take to your bed at night or what happens when you get there, so what makes you feel that you have the right to know that about me, or the right to even ask? I love my fans, I love being an artist, but I’m a person first,” Ne-Yo told ESSENCE.com. “And just like all people, there are some elements of my life that are just none of your damn business.”